Courtesy Citybizlist – Noah Bradshaw knows what the rising waters of the Chesapeake Bay can do to a community.
The 68-year-old city inspector grew up in a house in town that had been moved from nearby Holland Island a century ago.
“Holland Island is gone,” Bradshaw said. “It’s underwater.”
The last house disappeared into the bay two years ago, marking the demise of an island once five miles long and home to a fishing community of 300 residents.
Now, rising sea levels and sinking land, the same forces that doomed the island, threaten Crisfield, its seafood industry and its 2,710 residents. And a newly discovered tidal pattern puts them in greater peril than previously known.
“This is our home, and eventually, this will be underwater,” said Bradshaw, a bespectacled, balding man with a white beard. “We know that, because the sea level is rising.”
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